These Non-Career Resolutions Will Impact Your Work

If this looks familiar, you may be in for some unintended boosts in your work performance.
If this looks familiar, you may be in for some unintended boosts in your work performance.

Whether or not you resolved to make strides in your career in 2015, your other resolutions may help you do just that.

Work Out More

Exercise is linked to all kinds of benefits, from an endorphin-spurred mood boost to looking great in a suit. Not only will you be the most chipper person at the water cooler, your job performance is likely to improve, too. Studies show that regular exercise releases chemicals that improve memory, concentration, and mental agility. Sticking with your workout plan this 2015 could give you more energy, boost confidence, help impulse control, and make you more productive overall. Think of that next time you’re tempted to hit snooze in the morning.

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Eat Healthier

This resolution is sneakily double-pronged. Not only does it mean incorporating more vegetables, but it also means eating less junk – both can help with memory, attention, and mood. Antioxidants, zinc, and omega-3 fats are just a few keys to improving brain function. So go ahead and make blueberries and pumpkin seeds your new go-to snack (but maybe not together).

Learn a Skill, Revisit a Hobby

The new year means a new skill, or for some, re-learning to knit and really sticking with it this time! Research suggests that learning new skills improves memory and concentration. As an extra bonus, you can look forward to coworkers latching onto your new skill and regularly asking, “Hey Bill, how’s the photography going?’’

Volunteer

In case you need a reason beyond making a difference, volunteer work can help your chances of landing your dream job. LinkedIn indicates that corporate bosses are increasingly turning to the “volunteer’’ sections of resumes. 42% of hiring managers indicated that they consider volunteer experience equally valuable to paid work, according to a study.

Quit Smoking

While you’re trying to quit, it could be hard to focus on anything but the urge to light up. Still, once you’re through to the other side, there are a whole slew of ways it could impact your workday. Researchers found that smoking one cigarette a day decreased cognitive ability, and those who smoked more often showed a corresponding increase in impairment. Plus, your salary may seem bigger now that you’re not spending a good portion of it on cigarettes!

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